Nowhere for Christmas

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry. I thought I had scheduled today’s post ahead of time because I knew I was going to be on the go today. So when I finally checked my emails I was a little surprised to see that I did not get one telling me that my post had been published. I checked, it isn’t even there. I suppose that’s what I get for trying to do it from my phone.

Anyway, I decided to do a review this month. I’ve been making myself read Christmas stories so I can take a mental break from my own writing and illustrations that I have been working on. It has been absolutely wonderful to be able to unwind at 2 in the morning with a good book and drift off to sleep with it. The latest book is actually one I had read once before. Nowhere For Christmas by Heather Gray. This book was even better the second time around!

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Heather Gray writes some of the best faith based books I have read. I love that God is a huge part of the lives of her characters. I also enjoy the realism of her characters. I truly felt like I got to know Avery, Eli and Gavin while they were on their road trip.

Avery is a journalist who just happens to be a single mother who is very devoted to her son. She has done her best to raise him with humor, to be both mom and dad to him and to always be there for him. When she is told that she has to go to Nowhere, Oklahoma on assignment AND she has to be there ON Christmas she is concerned that her teenage son, Eli will be disappointed about not being able to go on the ski trip that was planned. On top of having to cancel their plans, she is told that they will be traveling with a photographer whom she has never met. Avery is such a great character. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her banter with her son. They have a great relationship, she is always trying to protect him. Not only because she loves him but also because his father never wanted a thing to do with him; it is hard for a mother to see her child have to deal with that growing up.

Gavin is the mysterious photojournalist who simply disappeared from his career for awhile before coming to work for the newspaper. This is the kind of guy that I think anyone could develop a crush on. He is a true gentleman. This is the first Christmas where he would have been alone until he was told to go to Nowhere with Avery and Eli.

The road trip had me laughing. How many disasters can happen on one road trip? First, they get a junker of a rental car, food poisoning, a flat tire, and the list goes on. All through the many disasters of this trip the three main characters grow closer to each other. The people they meet along the way are incredibly well developed even though they are in the story for brief appearances.

I think you can see why this story was one that I felt I needed to read again. I’m sure I will probably read it in the future as well. It’s such a wonderful read to enjoy during the Christmas season.

 

You can pick up your copy on Amazon.

Or follow Heather Gray on Facebook.

 

Do you have any Christmas road trip adventures to share?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Nowhere for Christmas

  1. I love the play on words for the title.I have known Heather for some time, but haven’t read anything of hers in some time.
    I have been listening to Christmas stories and movies while I have been getting ready for Christmas. I’ve had to take things slowly, so it’s taking me longer; the Christmas stories keep me cool in the head!

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    • Sometimes I thin getting everything ready slowly is nicer. That way things don’t feel rushed.
      I love Christmas stories and movies. It is such a nice way to unwind after a long and busy day. I thoroughly enjoy this time of year but some days can be quite stressful.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Glad (again) to see one of Heather Gray’s titles highlighted here at 4F1H.
    This one sounds terrific. I love a good “road” story. And what better a time for mishaps than the middle of winter when everything is already stretched to the limits with the holiday crunch?

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading some of Heather’s historicals. This book is on my kindle app, but haven’t been able to read it yet. This is the perfect time for it, though! Thanks for reminding me.

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